The SCICAP (South Central Iowa Community Action Program) office here in Albia is bulging at the seams with all the items given to us to distribute to families in need. While lots of bags have been already given out, the main pickup day is scheduled Thursday Dec 22nd 9:00-4:00.
This year approximately 100 Monroe County families came into SCICAP to request gifts for their children. The Angel Tree Program sponsored by local churches and Pay it Forward Charity stepped up as they have for many years. The members of St. Mary's, First Christian, St. Patrick's Georgetown and St. Patrick's Melrose churches gave generously as always. The employees of Quiktron, Cargill, and the Monroe County Hospital "adopted" families to make their Christmas extra special. The Boots and Blue Jean 4H group also "adopted" a family using money they raised over the year. Mary Sauter's Pay it Forward Charity provided many, many gifts. We were also fortunate to partner again this year with The Gate Community Church with their Laundry Basket Gift program. 75 families received a laundry basket filled with household item we all need and use but hard to afford this time of year when money is tight.
We at SCICAP are grateful as always for the community support.